Willingtown Renaissance Festival
Huzzah and hurrah!
Come ye, come ye to the fine village of Willingtown; where a secret world has been left behind and emerges but once a year through the portal of Casa De Fruita. You can only reach this location by foot so be prepared to walk. Here, the streets aren't paved and you are certain to escape with a fair amount of dust and mud kicked up from the grounds here. There are horse drawn carriages that will pick you up, should you decide to take the royal route and pay a small fee (there is also parking up close, but that fee is even more royal!!).
Beware the Pirates or Protestants and maybe both, should ye be a scurvy dog or a too pleasant peasant (here, you cannot please everyone, much like it is in the rest of the world!)! Watch closely for the Queen herself but stay out of the way when the darkly-garbed collection of the Danse Macabre spins their webs through the streets. Here, there are queens of the forest fairies and lords of wine, mercenaries and simple washing women.
You might be the butt of a Jesters gentle joshing or the a Troll's tasty treat; you could be enticed by a Sirens singing or a Gypsy's gimmick or a harpists gentle allure. Try your hand at axe-throwing, bow-shooting (my personal favorite) relaxing under skilled hands for a massage! Go and feast your eyes on Jousting, Fencing and Dancing. Watch Moonie and Broon shows, Dirty Laundry, the Sea Dogs or the story of Verona. When your eyes are almost full of shows weave your way through the Marketplace...
From Amulets of genuine stone to golden hued Puzzle rings, the gems and jewels excite the mind and adorn the skin - a perfect gift for your loved ones or yourself. Fill your belts with a blacksmithed knife, kitchenware's and goblets. Prop yourself up in a Corset or wind down in a Kilt. Put your hair up in complicated braids (from Adorn Thy Hair) or let it fall and lay a garland atop it. If a bandanna is more your style you're still in luck! Weave spirals into your beard, pour perfumes on your flesh or just sit back and kick your boots up on a hay bale.
Throughout your walk enjoy the sounds of hagglers, callers and musical expertise from Harpist Glen Morgan, Irish Fiddler Richard Vanhealy and more! If you’re lucky enough to end up here on a Saturday you can attend the on-site Concert Series for no additional fee. I've danced to Tempest and the Young Dubliners there; surrounded by crowds of belly dancers and and the sound of their bells, it really is a unique experience!
See something you like? Poke around... Bold and beautiful, soft and feminine.
Oh the food! So much food you will burst from excitement - and then over-fulfillment. Taste Grecian foods like Baklava and Dolmas. Satisfy your need for sweets with foods like frozen cheesecake dipped in chocolate (Sin on a Stick), Caramel Corn with Bacon Rum, fudge, Funnel Cakes and Handmade Marshmallows!
There is Quail (I get it *every* time*). There is artichoke dip, fritters, pickles, salted pretzels, bangers, and fried raviolis (yes, with garlic bread). My favorites are the Turkey Legs (obviously) and the Shepards Pie (they're handheld and I eat them too quickly for pictures.). I also end up eating a Fruit Ice every time because it's half a fruit slice overrun with amazing gelato and it tends to be extra warm in this area this time of year.
Honestly I mostly just go for the food. And the Rum.
If you're going to eat there, you might want to bring your own.
..Or, you know, whatever, just put all of your trust in these bunch of pirates ;)
Have fun! Enjoy yourself!
There is alcohol served but no hard liquor. There is mead, of course. Always. There is a 21 and over only area but you do not have to enter it at all. There are other options - water, coke, tea, coffee, pretty much anything you'd need. It's the perfect Foodie Fair as far as I'm concerned.
Anyway, Bacon wrapped Asparagus here I come!